Two beloved characters in juvenile fiction, Gerald and Piggie, will be the focus of the Annual Children’s Party scheduled for Jan. 28 at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave. Stars of the Elephant and Piggie series by award-winning author Mo Willems, the pair will make a guest appearance (as costumed characters) at the party, which is scheduled from 12:30 to 2 pm in the library’s second floor Jane Greene Room.
In addition to the beloved Elephant and Piggie series, Willems is the Caldecott Award-winning author of the Pigeon books (starting with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, which may claim as many adult fans as children), and the winner of several Emmy Awards as a writer and animator on Sesame Street. Appraising the import and skill of Willems’ Elephant and Piggie tales, the New York Times wrote: “They are marvelous picture books to read aloud to a very little child, but their truest home is with early readers, those who are just learning to get through a book on their own. These are in many ways the trickiest books to make, because they have to be easy enough to read without being boring or rote.”
As always the party will feature read-aloud stories along with Elephant and Piggie-themed crafts and games, balloons and refreshments. This free event, the 16th annual party sponsored by The Friends of Door County Libraries, is geared for youngsters pre-school through second grade. However, notes children’s librarian Beth Lokken, the books hold appeal for older kids as well. She adds the event is “scheduled just in time to beat the mid-winter doldrums.” For more information, call 920.746.7119.